During his recent stand-up comedy tour of Australia, Mick Foley spoke out about his in-ring future, appearing to firmly rule out participating in any sort of match in the future.
Per a fan report from one of the shows sent to PWTorch, Foley, who is due to be inducted into WWE's Hall of Fame in April, noted that doctors have instructed him never to wrestle again. Foley notes it was this advice that caused his promising angle with up-and-coming star Dean Ambrose last year to be dropped entirely:
(1) Foley said he has been informed by a neurologist that he is not to wrestle ever again.
(2) This came about as he explained his proposal to WWE about having a match with Dean Ambrose/Jon Moxley at Summerslam 2012 as a follow-up to their YouTube/Twitter feud. His proposal was to have a "fake" Dude Love (he joked that Brodus Clay has the right size) come out of the entrance way, but that he would attack Dean from behind as Mankind was coming through the ring (after having gotten the okay from The Undertaker).
But, Foley said this all got nixed due to his diagnosis from the neurologist. (He joked that his first "wrestler" response was to have the whole match based around his "healthier" left knee.)
No doubt some fans will be disappointed by this news. After all, at only 47, Foley is considerably younger than the likes of Sting and Ric Flair, both of whom still wrestle on a semiregular basis. After returning to WWE last year, some may have been harboring hope that he would have one final "big" match, likely at a WrestleMania.
However, refraining from wrestling again is clearly the best move for the star's future and physical well-being. Foley, whose body sustained numerous injuries and concussions throughout the '90s thanks to his hard-hitting wrestling style, really doesn't need to be getting in the ring again, no matter how big the payoff.